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Risks of Yaz Birth Control

What's Your Experience With New-Generation Birth Control Pills Like Yaz?

When it comes to preventing unwanted pregnancies, it's nice to have options — including nonhormonal methods like condoms or IUDs. And even though many women opt for the pill, there are tons of brands out there. New research, however, adds more evidence to the idea that some pills come with higher risk.

Papers published in the British Medical Journal show newer pills with the synthetic hormone drospirenone, including Yaz and Yasmin, have a higher chance of causing blood clots. One study found women who use pills with drospirenone have twice the risk of getting a blood clot, and a second put that rate at 2.7 times the risk. The occurrence is still relatively low, 30.8 blood clots per 100,000 women at its highest.

Yaz has become the nation's best-selling pill. Women who use it report better moods and decreased symptoms of PMDD, although the producer Bayer was forced to run ads in 2009 correcting over-promised benefits like a cure for acne and premenstrual syndrome. Of course, every woman's experience is different. So I'm curious, have you tried these new-generation pills? If so, share your experience in the comments.

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brilliance13 brilliance13 6 years
Was on Yaz for also close to 4 years. it helped my acne and also regulate my periods (which were pretty irregular due to stress) and got rid of the terrible cramps I had. It made my breasts very tender and also cause dme to have ZERO sex drive. I've been off Yaz for about 2 months now hoping to re-balance my hormones. When I tried to get off it before my acne would flare up but now I've completely changed my diet and my body is no longer dependent on bc for acne control. Still get a zit here or there but no where as terrible as it was before. I'm very glad to be off the pill now and hope to never go back on again.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
GZO - I was hoping LoEstrin was going to be the right pill for me (took quite a few before), but was disappointed when my sex drive died. I'm very glad you found something that works for you :) It's true, what works for one person might not work for another. So many people I knew had great success with Ortho-Tri-Cyclen Lo, but the dose was too low for my body and I just bled continuously for over a month. I think I might try a non-hormonal IUD next. Thank you for the well wishes :)
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 6 years
I took Yaz for two years, loved it and then went on an IUD to go off hormones. Had the IUD in 8 months and hated it. The most awful cramps, heavy flow and I was a complete crazy person when PMS time rolled around. Plus my skin was HORRIBLE. I never had skin issues in my life and suddenly I had the worst skin ever. I personally feel like the skin issue was related to going off Yaz, since I never had a skin problem before taking birth control. I got the IUD Taken out and went back on Yaz and so happy I did. I hope. The whole idea of hormones still freaks me out. My doctor said that Yaz is no more troubling than any other birth control and is a mid-risk pill, meaning its between the lowest risk and under some of the more higher risk ones.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
I had less-blemished skin, but everything else was bad news bears for me. Went off Yaz (and all hormonal BC) and wish I'd done it years earlier. To each her own, but I can't imagine ever going back on hormonal birth control personally.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
Also, didn't mention, I used to get acne, and I haven't had a pimple in a year and a half since going on Yasmin. Everyone's different; but me and Yasmin are very compatible I guess!
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
I've taken Yasmin for about 2 years now and I don't have any issues with it. I really forget I'm even on anything. What I first got on it it gave me nausea, but that went away after a few months. My doctor kept emphasizing how birth controls give some women blood clots, especially if they have other risk factors. I have no other risk factors, and this pill has helped me stay pregnancy-free with no side effects, so it's awesome!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I'm on the Loestrin 24 Fe too and love it. Never tried Yaz or any of the new ones but regular-dose pills make me fat and crazy, so I'm sticking to the Loestrin. I wouldn't want to mess with what works.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
GZO - "Now I'm on LoEstrin24 and I love it" I was on LoEstrin24 and for the first 2 months I LOVED it. I had no periods and no other side effects. Month 3 rolls around and my sex drive dips. By month 4, it's completely gone, sex is excruciating, and my desire for any intimate contact is gone. It took me 6 months to get my sex drive back with that one. I decided to give The Pill another try last month with Zovia. By week 3, my drive was completely gone and my mood swings were HORRIBLE (angry and moody). Stopped and the symptoms disappeared. No more hormonal birth control for me.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I was on Yasmin for a while. It was expensive and it didn't help my pms at all (crying fights with my boyfriend every sunday before i would get my period). Now I'm on ortho tricycline and it's about a million times better, keeps my skin clear and no moodiness or cramps.
EricaJane EricaJane 6 years
I took Yasmin for a few months and became incredible depressed. I had such drastic mood changes that I thought I was going crazy. A doctor told me that probably meant that I would be allergic to bc from now on. My experience was terrible.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
horrible horrible horrible. i also had unbelievable stomach pains after eating.
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